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Mason City, Iowa
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Friday, December 31, 1948
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EDITORIALS Price Support Must Be Realistic If lt f s to Work JN a recent letter to the editor, a northwestern Iowa farmer revealed what seemed to be a rather specious reason for opposing the Farm Bureau's stand for flexible support prices. The Farm Bureau, as well as the senate agricultural committee sponsoring the Aiken bill, holds that "the support price level should be below a fair market price, but high enough to guarantee the farmer against bankruptcy if he produced a little more than enough to meet the nation's industrial and consumer needs." The critic of the bill sees in this complete proof that the measure "does not want to be fair to the farmers inasmuch as it is asking below a fair market price for farm products." TT7HAT has happened,over the past few . ' * years in the case of potatoes seems to have been wholly lost on this critic of the flexible support price plan. Even though by comparison with corn, wheat and cotton, potatoes are a minor crop, the government has been forced to astronomical expenditures on a 90 per cent of parity formula. Similar demands on the government with respect to these major crops could wreck even so rich a country as America. The discrimination in favor of producer over consumer inherent in such a formula cannot be defended. TN their advocacy of a flexible price sup•*• port plan for agricultural commodities, Senator Aiken and the Farm Bureau are assuming a realistic attitude. For one thing, they are recognizing that if the government is to provide insurance against crop losses for growers, it must have a voice in regulating production in areas where losses are likely to occur. To contend for a rigid scale of support prices is to contend for a scheme which inevitably will fall of its own weight, as already it has in the case of potatoes. Berlin Breach Widens O N a 3-power liasis the western powers have revived - the "kommandatura" without the Russians to run Berlin. The American, French, and British commandants did not slam the door on soviet Russia's Veadmission. They merely pointed out that the kommandatura would be resumed as a co-ordinating administrative body of Berlin on a 3-power basis. The first kommandatura created on a 4-power basis by the Potsdam agreement ceased to function last summer when the Russians walked out and the Berlin blockade was tightened. Since then the Russian sector has been under a puppet communist- German administration. Now Berlin is definitely divided; Russia runs the eastern quarter and the 3-power kommandatura administers the western sectors of the city. The breach is now more than blockade-wide. Berliners still move freely about the city, going from one sector to another with proper identification cards and passes. But the hope of unifying Berlin is fading. Telephone lines and utilities still connect the 4 parts of the city. These, however, may be broken any month on orders from Moscow. At least the allies have strengthened "their position by combining the city government of the American, British, and French sectors to present a unified front to soviet blockade tactics. The One Weak Point A Nebraska exchange newspaper refers editorially to the "folly of a well-meant group of men in congress unconsciously taking to themselves powers which could be better handled by the judicial branch of government." The reference, of course, is to the Chambers-Hiss rumpus and the part played by the house committee on un-American activities responsible for digging up evidence of a communist's spy ring in our state department. And the one thing most wrong with our Nebraska friend's suggestion is that the federal justice department has shown not the slightest affirmative interest • in the subject. The man to whom the head of that justice department owes his job repeatedly has referred to the whole matter as a "red herring." All in all it's reasonable to assume that except for the congressional interest in the •ubject, it would enter the limbo of forgotten things. Look Out Below! CHICKEN IN EVERY POT The suggestion that the world submit its problem to a board of psychiatrists raises the question whether there would be any advantage in having everybody declared crazy. The money paid to the writers of singing commercials by the advertiser in the form of a fee ought to be paid by the public in the form of a bounty. Safety Resolution: "I promise now," says Worker Bowers, "to have my horseplay after hours." Demand for new cars has slackened. They're deemed no longer worth their weight in extras. IT'S BEEN SAID: "Fidelity is seven-tenths of business success."—James Parton. Java is learning that even a Dutch treat can be a bitter cup. Pros and Cons Gleaned From Our Exchanges Some Interesting Viewpoints Beautiful Snow Nprthwood Anchor: Winter brings its icy roads, its biting winds and bitter cold to annoy us, but . it does have its compensations, too. One of the chief of these is new-fallen snow. There is nothing more beautiful, to our mind, than the fresh, clean blanket of fluffy whiteness which covers all, following a snow. Dirt and grime disappear beneath it. 'Tis a pity that i1: serves merely to hide them for a short while, but does not actually purify and cleanse that which is beneath it. Year's Hint Estherville News: We wonder if big corporations have a faint idea of what unfavorable public relations they cultivate by seeking to wheedle newspapers out of free space for publicity dolled up to smell like "news." If corporations would spend half as much in the honest purchase of space they'd get their stuff in front of millions of readers instead of feeding the paper balers. America Leads in Telephones Cherokee Times: American people are great talkers as all will concede, and still it is with a feeling of surprise that one learns that there are now in active use throughout the world a total of 60,600,000 telephones and that more than 35,000,000 of these are in operation within the United States. This is in excess of 57.7 per cent of all the telephones in the world. Henry Wallace Clarion Monitor: A city paper demands that Henry Wallace drop further agitation about his third party, as it weakens this country in the eyes of the world. But really, has not this matter been pretty well attended to — one million votes instead of the promised 8 millions Henry claimed. Europe may listen to Henry, but nobody here will. Government Bulletins Fairmont Sentinel: The government continually sends out bulletins .to assist the lowly taxpayer in making out his income tax forms. Page after page of possible deductions are listed, but the ultimate result always comes out in favor of Uncle Sam. Penny Postcard Doomed? Dubuque Telegraph-Herald: The penny post card may go the way of the nickle cigar and the 5-cent piece of pie. The postoffice department needs money, and the Hoover reorganization commission believes that upping the rate on post cards could be one way to get it. Observing To Your Health! Roving Reporter By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. EXCESSIVE SWEATING From Our Mailbag LINCOLN AND THE DRAFT /~*LEAR LAKE: The writers who denounce our ^ military conscription law as slavery carefully refrain from giving their concealed reason, viz.: their objection to make personal sacrifice. To like minded persons who similarly objected to the Civil war draft, President Lincoln pertinently said: "The constitution simply gave to congress power to raise and support armies without a word as to the particular means to be used for the purpose. "It would not have given congress that power without one word as to the mode in which it svas to be exercised, if it had not meant congress to be the sole judge as to the mode. "The principle of the draft which simply is enforced service is not new. It has been practiced in all ages of the world. It was well known to the framers of our constitution as one of the modes of raising armies." After speaking of the precedents for conscription in America, President Lincoln said: "Wherein is the peculiar hardship now? Shall we shrink from the necessary means to maintain our free government, which our grandfathers employed to establish it and our fathers have already once employed to maintain it? Are we degenerate? Has the manhood of our race run out?. "This law (the conscription law) belongs to a class, which class is composed of those laws whose object is to distribute burthens or benefits on the principle of equality." One has but to think of our honored patriots who risked property and life to achieve our independence during ouv Revolutionary war and those who risked their lives to maintain the union in Lincoln's time to comprehend that they never regarded military conscription as slavery and, as long as Lincoln's Gettysburg address exists, it will never be. Yours truly, H. C. ANDERSON. Do You Remember? 10 YEARS AGO Mason City Rainbow girls held election of officers last evening, naming Maxine Hull as worthy advisor and Marian Krumbholtz as worthy associate advisor. The meeting was in charge of Evelyn Schmaehl, worthy advisor. Installation will be in charge of Miss Schmaehl. 20 YEARS AGO An important change in Mason City's automobile business was announced today when it became known that the Olsen Chevrolet company, 18 South Washington, had transferred its agency and equipment to the newly organized S & R company. Officers are Sam Rozen, Emmetsburg, president; R. M. Stines, Waterloo, vice president and local manager; A. Clark, Emmetsburg, secretary- treasurer and director of shop service and parts business. 30 YEARS AGO Mason City's baseball population was given a pleasant remembrance of Central Association days when Bob McCullough, "ace" of the Claydiggers hurling corps of 1916-17 stopped in. He has been in the aviation service. 40 YEARS" AGO The first practice game between the alumni of the high school and the seniors for the basketball game which is to be played on New Year's evening was held at the high school last evening. The alumni team will be composed of the Misses Beecher, Long, Guyer, Carlton, Downing and SauerbcrR. Seniors include the Misses Cramer, Palmer, Tidmarsh, Finley. Lockwood and Babcock. ' sweating in various parts of the *-** body is common. It causes inconvenience, not only because of the discomfort produced, but also because of other conditions which may develop due to it. There are a number of g4n- eral disorders which may be responsible for excessive sweating, such as toxic goiter, rickets, overweight, and the excessive use of alcoholic beverages. Sweating also occurs with fear and excitement. Excessive sweating can be made worse by certain, disorders such as flat feet; by prolonged standing, DR. BUNDESEN overwork, and the drinking of hot fluids. All of these are more likely to cause sweating during hot weather. The parts of the body most usually involved, are ihe hands, feet, and armpits. The palms and soles are often affected. The sweat may dissolve out dyes and other chemicals from clothing. These substances may irritate the skin and produce inflammation. The constant presence of moisture encourages the growth of germs. In the armpits and feet, the sweat and the fat secretions may be acted upon by these germs ancJ broken down into acid substances which produce a bad odor. Furthermore, in certain areas the moisture encourages the growth of moles, like the ringworm parasite, so that the skin is excessively damaged. It has been found, also, that warts are more common and flourish in persons who sweat a great deal. There is no one method of treatment which will get rid of this disorder in all persons. However, good care of the skin is important in preventing some of the complications. For example, frequent changes of the socks and shoes and the %vearing of open shoes in hot weather will do much to relieve the worst features of sweating of the feet. Flat feet should be treated by an orthopedic specialist. The wearing of light clothing should be encouraged. Drugs in general are not of a great deal of value but may be helpful. Bland powders, such as boracic acid, talc, or talc and salicylic acid may help to absorb the sweat. Preparations of lime salts have also been found quite helpful. X-ray treatments have been found of value in many cases, but now and then they do no good. As a rule, this treatment fails when the sweating is due to emotional disturbances. Of course, such treatment must always be carried out by an expert. Attention must also be paid to the patient's general condition. He should get plenty of rest and sleep, and avoid overwork and emotional strain. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS C. H. J.: Can tatooing be removed? Answer: Tatooing sometimes can be removed by surgical procedure. A plastic surgeon should be consulted. HAL BOYLE Hal Boyle of the AP WE'RE IN MANKIND'S LOST WEEK N EW YORK, {£>)—This is the annual lost week of mankind-—the week of the big let down. I mean, of course, in America. It is during this week that America is in a big essential sense the least like a foreigner would expect. He would come here prepared to find the wealthiest people in the wealthiest nation—a nation that has spread its wealth deeper and farther among more people than any of the other so- named civilized nations—geared to the machine. But he would find that these people are out of tune with the machine. Their pulse has lost the tempo. He would find—this foreign visitor—that this is the week when the vast mechanism that is America slows,down. It is the time when the "circuit breaker" operates. It also could be called in the language of Detroit "mental retooling week." It comes always at the same time—the week between Christmas and the New Year. It is the time when the slowdown of the production output is only partly measured by the holidays men take from their jobs. Neither can it be measured by_the extra alcohol that some consume nor by the extra days that they take away from their tasks. There is a human factor that cannot be shown accurately on any chart or graph. This is the adjustment that takes pla,ce in their souls at the annual season of good will. It is the time of letdown. It is the rest period that any productive equipment, man or metal, must have—else it collapses. Certainly it is a strange and mixed time, confusing beyond any other period. For it is this week that a man, relaxed by a feeling of well' being, looks toward the goals his race could really achieve—by living nearer to his religion all year round. It is also, unfortunately, the time when many new annual business contracts are let, contracts that determine the year ahead. Many old men who have run the machine—their own particular machine—are quietly given their walking papers. The newspapers are full of details of new promotions. But for most promotions there is a heartbreak—as well as a heart leap. Somebody gains . . . somebody loses . . . and either way a man wants to keep the lights shining on his Christmas tree just a few more days. The big man, the middle man, the small man —Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear—they all are prisoners. They are victims of a new failure or a strange success, something to make them live differently. The New Year always has a fresh burden or responsibility to be shouldered. It isn't a bad thing at all—this letdown. Every system has to permit it. Even in the cycle of the stars the astronomers allow for—a Leap Year. Man is a creature that has to leap sometime, too. Christmas is only the small opening in a closed circle the world will open wider as it wisens. Toastmasters Club ; can recommend membership in the Mason City club of Toastmasters International to the men of Mason City on the basis of a report received from Richard Sullivan, Madison, Wis., state of Wisconsin industrial management engineer, who is spending the holidays here with his mother, Mrs. Sue Sullivan, 604 Massachusetts S. E. Here is his report: "I had dinner Tuesday evening with a group of men ,who call themselves the Toastmasters, an organization devoted to self improvement of its members so that they are better members of their community. As you can surmise by the name, the group is especially interested in improving ability to express ideas orally before other people in their community. "Although I always believed education could be interesting, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how enjoyable this group made the educational project. There were at least 12 speeches made and on different subjects. Some, such as Thor Jensen's and Bob Douglas', were informative and still others were entertaining like Dave Murphy's. Santa Glaus wasn't forgotten because Steve Stahl told the group why he believes in Sante Claus. One speech was especially stimulating—it was a contest winning speech by Loyd Loers entitled 'Big Business Is Good Business." "One of the most interesting features of the dinner was the time devoted to constructive criticism of the men who spoke. No punches were pulled and when the critic was finished, there wasn't a speaker who hadn't learned of something that he could do to improve his next speech. "It was an interesting meeting combining good fellowship and education. Although I no longer live in Mason City, I still proudly claim it as my 'home town' and after spending Tuesday evening with a group like the Toastmasters I'm mighty glad that I do." 2 Little Fellows t am asked to pass along this . little v-e r s e contribution deenTe~a~tb be particularly appropriate at this time of year: A carefree man I want to be, Two little fellows follow me; I do not dare to go astray For fear they'll go the self-same way. I cannot one* escape their eyes, Whate'er they see me do, they try; Like me, they say they're folng to be. The 2 little chaps who follow me. 1 They think that I am food and fine, Believe in every word of mine: The base In me they cannot see The 3 little chaps who follow me. I must remember as I go, Through summer's sun and winter's snow, I am building for the years to be Those 2 little fellows who follow me. They'll Do It Every Time By Jimmy HaHo IT? ALL NIGHT LONG THE FLAT- WHEEL LIMITED DOES NOTHING BUT CRAWL ALON6, STOP AND BACK UP- NOW. WHAT ARE STOPPING FOR? X BET WE HAVEN.T GONE THREE MILES IN LAST HOUR.- 72-30 earn, IMI*. ><wc re'Taum ifTiErcfAT1!.T«L woKLe RIGHTS BtlT IN THE MORNING WHEN TRVINS TO SHAVE-WOW/.'HOW THE ENGINEER BENDS ON THAT THROTTLE Traffic Diversion Needed draw on a letter from a ' Mason City reader, M. M., for this interesting comment on Mason City's growing traffic problem. "Mason City is just about as bad for through traffic as Council Bluffs. Until we get through traffic routed away from the business district we shall always have a problem in Mason City. "The through traffic is a problem in any city and it is especially so here where there is only one north and south street and one east and west street. "For a city that has as much retail business and as many travelers • as does Mason City, the through routing of the streets should be first attention before evan a civic center or any other improvements. "Now that the city has the cemetery they should at once stop any further burials being made any closer to Federal avenue and they should block up the cemetery by moving .back the stone wall at least a block or more from Federal avenue. "This will not only be benefiting the city, for now and the future, but it will add respect to the cemetery by keeping it away from the traffic bedlam on Federal avenue." First Ring-Neck Pheasants k venture it will surprise - even my hunter friends to learn that the first ring- neck pheasants in our country were brought in by an Englishman who married Benj amiu Franklin's daughter. Information, Please! 1. Which states border on the Gulf of Mexico? 2. An old song says, "She's My Annie, I'm her Joe." What is her last name? 3. What is an edelweiss? 4. Of what is lard made? 5. What did the parents of Ulysses Simpson Grant actually name him? Answers—1. Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. 2. Rooney. 3. An Alpine perennial plant found in Switzerland and other mountain countries. 4. Fat obtained from hogs. 5. Hiram Ulysses Grant. THE DAY'S BOUQUET To MAJ. E. H. TIEMAN—for the sponsorship of a most effective Salvation Army Christmas season program in Mason City. Through his efforts the Salvation Army raised a larger sum than usual, making possible a larger distribution of food, clothing and other articles. Did You Know? By The Haskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers using thli service for questions of fact—not counsel—should sign full name and addresi and Inclose H cents for return postage. Addresi the Mason City Globe-Gazette Information Bureau, !!16 Eye Street N. E., Washington 2, D. C. Are the presidential electors bound to cast their vote according to the popular majorities? In a few states they are by law bound to do so but in all cases the electors are considered to be morally bound to vote for the candidate for whom they have been chosen to vote. Have mercy deaths been legalized in any country? Has the matter been taken up by the United Nations? The U. S. public health service says that so far as is known, mercy deaths have not been legalized in any civilized country. The United Nations would not be concerned with this problem, as each country administers its own individual laws. What period in U. S. history was known as the "Era of Good Feeling?" The name was applied to the period from 1817-23, when the federalist party having declined, there was little open party feeling. The phrase was coined at the time of President Monroe's good-will tour through the north. When did vaudeville first become popular in the United States? The history of American vaudeville begins in Boston in 1883. A former circus employe, B.. F. Keith, in that year and in that city opened a small museum and show. What is the Curzon line? The Curzon line was the provisional eastern boundary for Poland, established on Dec. 8, 1919, by the supreme council of the allies. It was named.for Lord Curzon who headed the British foreign office after World war I. Why are marionets so called? Puppets were given the name marionets in the middle ages. Used in church plays, the girl puppets received, from their .fancied resemblance to statues of the Virgin, the title of Little Marias or mar- ionets. How many Boy Scouts are there in the U. S.? As of Nov. 30, 1947, there were 1,534,164 boys who were members of the Boy Scouts of America; total leaders 542,141 bringing the total membership to 2,076,305. There were 66,743 units. How many toll bridges are there in the United States?. In 1946 there were 172 toll bridges in the United States. This represents a reduction in number from the 205 toll bridges in 1945. What is the official designation of the enlisted women who serve in the U. S. air force? "Airmen" is the official name for enlisted personnel, including t women, of the U. S. air force. This was clarified in a formal directive on Sept. 3, 1948. What proportion of the world's people may be said to belong to some form of organized religion? Only v about 1/3 of the people of Today's Birthday By AP Newsfeatures ADELE I. SPRINGER, born Dec. 30, 1907, in Brooklyn, daughter of a real estate broker. Torn between ambitions in the theater and social work, she c o m p r o m ised on law, was graduated from St. John's University Law school, studied writing at Columbia and international law abroad. She became the first woman admiralty lawyer in the U. S., championed the case of the victims of the Morrow Castle and wrote the Sirovich act. the world can be regarded as af- • filiated with one or other of the organized religions, and even with respect to these there are wide margins of uncertainty. Are ice and HIOW injurious to bicycle tires? According to the National Bureau of Standards cold weather, snow, ice and icy water have no deleterious effect on bicycle tires. As a matter of fact tread wear is much lower in winter than in summer. Do owls catch many mice? One pair of owls under scientific study ate 1,000 field mice in 6 months. What is the origin of the name O'iark? Ozark seems to have come from aux arcs, said to refer to the bends in the White river and to have been applied to the Ozark mountains through which the river pursues a wandering course; in other words the mountains at the bends of the river. Mason City Globe-Garette AN A. W. LIE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 East State St. Telephone 3300 Entered as second class matter April 12. 1930, at the postoffice at Mason City, lowo, under the act o£ March 3, 1879. LEE P. LOOMIS Publisher W. EARL HALL, Managing Editor ENOCH A. NOREM - - City Editor LLOYD.L. GEER Adv. Mgr. Thursday, Dec. 30, 1948 ' MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS which la exclusively entitled to use for repub- llcation of all local news printed in thl» newspaper as well as all AP news dlJ- patches. SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Mr,3on City and Clear Lake (Carrier Delivery LtmlU) One year $13,00 One week 23 OutJlde Mason City *nd Clear Lake But Within 100 Miles of Mason City By mall I year $ 9.00 By rrfhll 0 months 4.73 By carrier per week ,2J Outside 100 Mile Zone by Mai] Only One xoar »12.0« Six month* «.M Three months 350 v:

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